Providence is Open for Business

Providence is a City that Works for every resident and business. Mayor Brett P. Smiley and our teams at the Offices of Economic Development and Economic Opportunity are here to help you and your business succeed.


Economies of Focus

The City of Providence's economic development strategy is to focus on four of the City’s core competencies: the Blue Economy, Food, Health and Wellness, and Design and Technology. Providence’s deep and broad expertise emanating from our academic institutions, our creative culture, and our location, are the foundation for this strategy.

Blue Economy

The Blue Economy embraces the global growth potential of Rhode Island’s ocean-based resources and assets in and around Narraganset Bay.

Food Economy

The ‘New’ Food cluster strategy builds upon the City’s recognized food and creative culture. 

Health + Wellness Economy

The Health and Wellness economy creates opportunities for innovation and employment around new methodologies for the Aging/Neurology and Biotech.

Design + Tech Economy

A design approach coupled with a strong technology sector taps a truly unique competency for Providence.

City Profile

Providence is in the heart of the Northeast corridor. Whether you are looking to start a new business or grow an existing one, we are in the sweet spot of between Boston and Washington D.C., and have the resources to help you improve your bottom line.

As one of America's most livable cities, Providence continues to win national awards and international acclaim for its outstanding quality of life. Providence has great neighborhoods, first-class colleges and universities, excellent world-class restaurants and hotels, a strong creative economy, historic architecture, affordable and diverse housing, and that's just the beginning.

Our resources and assets make doing business in Providence your best bet! To learn more, call us at (401) 680-8400.

City Facts

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As the capital of Rhode Island, Providence is the center of the state's thriving population.

Quality of Life

One of America's most livable cities

Providence, a beautiful coastal city, is nationally recognized for its food scene, livability, and unique historical sites.


Located between Boston and New York City

Providence is easily accessible throughout the eastern seaboard and internationally by road, air and rail.

Commercial Real Estate

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Find the location in Providence that is perfect for your business. Visit the Greater RI Economic Development Site and Building Locator.